When a toxic person can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you. The misinformation will feel unfair, but stay above it, trusting that other people will eventually see the truth just like you did.
So true. Just because you share the same blood it doesn't make you family in the true sense of the word. I can adopt a dog that doesn't have my blood but that dog will be more loyal than any blood relative!
Forgiveness doesn't excuse their behavior. Forgiveness prevents their behavior from destroying your heart. Deciding not to forgive hurts not only the other person but you as well. Not learning to forgive hardens the heart and makes shallow the soul.